EGYPT TOURIST VISA APPLICATION

HOW TO APPLY FOR AN EGYPT TOURIST VISA IN MANILA

Date of application: September 12, 2018

As a fan of world history and geography, Egypt ranked high among the countries that I wanted to visit. Why would it not be? As the birthplace of one of the world’s earliest civilizations, this country is not lacking with wonders to see. From the ancient pyramids in Cairo to the wonderful temples in Luxor. Truly a history geek’s paradise! At the same time, the Egyptian pound has not yet fully recovered in value due to the political turmoil that happened during the Arab Spring. Due to this, Egypt is one of the most affordable destinations now.

Citadel of Qaitbay - Alexandria, Egypt
Citadel of Qaitbay – Alexandria, Egypt

I discovered that Filipinos are not among the nationalities that can avail of the visa on arrival there, making it harder for us to visit the country. What made it more difficult was that visa information is not readily available online. I found two existing blogs regarding their Egypt Tourist Visa application experience in Manila, and both have conflicting information. And the worst thing, even the embassy did not provide complete information when I called.

EGYPT TOURIST VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR FILIPINOS

Image of Amun-Ra at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Image of Amun-Ra at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo

Well here are the requirements. They are easy to obtain and pretty straightforward:

  1. Fully accomplished visa application form – They give it out in the embassy for free
  2. One 2×2 picture – white background
  3. Cover Letter explaining your intent in traveling to Egypt.
  4. Trip Itinerary – I just created my own.
  5. Certificate of Employment

There were some extras I submitted like credit card copy and the latest ITR just to improve my chances of being granted a visa.

They don’t need any hotel or flight reservations. The consul told me that the decision may take as long as a month, so they do not want applicants to reserve tickets and be denied in the end.

Embassy of Egypt

Temple of Hatshepsut - Luxor, Egypt
Temple of HatshepsutLuxor, Egypt

The exact address of the Egyptian Embassy is:

7th-floor G.C. Corporate Plaza

150 Legaspi St., Legaspi Village

Makati City, Philippines

You can apply for your visa from MONDAY to WEDNESDAY FROM 9:00 am to 12:00 in.

Did I mention that there is no need to schedule an appointment? And there is no need for your personal appearance, you can ask someone to apply for you. And there is no need to leave your passport, not unless they are satisfied with your requirements and ask you to leave it for visa issuance on the spot.

ON THE DAY OF THE APPLICATION

I went to the embassy at around 08:00, and they allowed me to enter only at 09:00. There were several people at the embassy, some like me were applying for the visa, some for visa release, while some were there for legal stuff.

Great Pyramids of Egypt
Great Pyramids of Egypt

When it was time to submit my requirements, the consul just checked it one by one. She just told me to sit down and wait for the next instruction. There were applications that she declined due to the following reasons:

  • One applicant wrote “multiple entries” on an 8-day journey. The consul questioned the need for a multiple entry visa when she will just stay for a few days.
  • Another applicant did not completely fill out his form. Her aunt invited him, but he cannot provide other crucial information, like her address. She told him to complete the information and the necessary requirements.
  • One of them was applying for a group (but he was not a travel agent). She asked him to come back because he cannot provide an itinerary and there were missing documents.
Abu Simbel - Aswan, Egypt
Abu Simbel – Aswan, Egypt

After waiting for an hour, the consul returned and called us one by one. She told me that my visa is already being processed and I must pay P1,500 for the visa fee. I happily obliged and she told me that I need to return after 5 working days for the release of my passport with a visa. Now my dream country is just within my reach!

Al-Azhar Park, Cairo, Egypt
Al-Azhar Park, Cairo, Egypt

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